Have you seen the new site and entered to win?!?!

In case you missed the big announcement last week, I got a pretty new site! I want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything!! 🙂 There’s two giveaways going on (Book Nerd Prize Pack and The Walking Dead prize pack :). Head over by 1/9/14 to enter! I can’t wait to chat all things books (and of course Walking Dead) this year!

Here’s some helpful info for the new site:

  • RSS Feed Link
  • Sign up for the Books and Beverages quarterly newsletter! Not only do you get subscriber only contests and goodies, you get 5 extra entries! You can sign up here.
  • New Website

The Walking Dead Prize Pack (head over to the full post for more ways to enter!)

  • Season One of The Walking Dead: Just in case you don’t own it or if you need to recruit fellow fans.
  • Daryl: Well, maybe not the real life version, but I love this little Funko guy! I might need to buy myself one for my desk at work. You know, in case anything or anyone tries to mess.
  • Amazon gift card! $20.00 to buy any other WD materials you need.

You can enter by filling out this form. It’s easy, I promise!


Book Nerd Prize Pack. Also be sure to head here for more details and ways to win!

To enter, simply fill out the form here. It’s just your email and name!


See you there!!

So it begins – a new website!!

Guess what? The new year is bringing about awesome new things here at Books and Beverages! It’s official, I have myself a new website! Books and Beverages has said farewell to the .wordpress.com and am now self hosted over at www.booksandbeverages.org. Growing up so fast 🙂

So be sure to update your readers and lists and head on over. There’s some awesome giveaways and prizes! You can find all the goodness here. Y’all – just look at this new header Sketch Effect designed!!


Don’t miss a thing:

Don’t forget to enter the contest! Head over to the new site to read more about it!


I Choose to Believe

With the new year upon us, there’s some things I want to keep believing in (I did a post like this a couple of years ago, but wanted to expand this year!).

So how about you? What are you choosing to hold onto as we make our way into 2014? I’d love to hear your thoughts and goals. As for me,

I choose to believe in Grace
I choose to believe in Second Chances
I choose to believe in Hope
I choose to believe in Love
I choose to believe in Truth
I choose to believe in Forgiveness
I choose to believe in Courage
I choose to believe in Wonder
I choose to believe in Beauty



Pilgrimage | Lynn Austin

Very high on the bucket list of my life travels is Israel. I long to see the places Jesus and his disciples walked. To see where miracles happened, where He taught, where He loved the least of these and where He rose. I know it would be life changing.

And now, after reading Lynn Austin’s journey, Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked, through the holy lands and the spiritual experience she had from the trip, it only solidified my desire to go. This honest and real story of awakening from a spiritual valley  while walking through the lands is an incredibly inspiring read by one of my favorites authors.

“I have arrived in the land where Jesus walked. My pilgrimage has begun.”

We all encounter times when our spirit feels dry, when doubt looms.

The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months, my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt as dry and stale as last year’s crackers. I’m ashamed to confess the malaise I’ve felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn’t a Christian’s life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?

With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin pens her struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. Tracing her travels throughout Israel, Austin seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word . . . and in doing so finds a renewed passion for prayer and encouragement for her spirit, now full of life and hope.


It’s incredible, although not surprising, that a journey through Israel can be so refreshing for faith and renewing to the spirit. I’m glad Austin decided to share her journey, so readers can catch a glimpse of it. I also liked the scriptures at the beginning and end of each chapter, as well as the closing prayers in each chapter. They helped to draw you closer to the lessons Austin shared in the chapter.

Life is a beautiful journey and this was a great example of one such journey.

Have you ever been in a spot like Austin on your spiritual journey? What was something that helped you renew your faith? Oh and if you have been to Israel, please share of your adventure below!

(Thank you Bethany House for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion).

Merry Christmas!!!

May this beautiful Christmas hymn stir your heart!

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of Might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times didst give the law,
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.



Christmas Eve – A Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

O’ Holy Night – Christmas Carol



Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World | Michael Hyatt

If you at all want to grow a platform, this is the book you need to read first. I can’t tell you enough how helpful it has been. I wish I read it two years ago. And the source? Not some self-named “guru,” but someone who actually knows a thing or two about growing a platform: Michael Hyatt.


Michael Hyatt, one of the top business bloggers in the world, provides down-to-earth guidance for building and expanding a powerful platform.

To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling
product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace. Hyatt speaks from experience. He writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. His large and growing platform serves as the foundation for his successful writing, speaking, and consulting practice.

In Platform, Hyatt will teach readers not only how to extend their influence, but also how to monetize it and build a sustainable career. The key? By building a platform. It has never been easier, less expensive, or more possible than right now. . . The book includes:

  • proven strategies
  • easy-to-replicate formulas
  • practical tips

Social media technologies have changed everything. Now, for the first time in history, non-celebrities can get noticed—and win big!—in an increasingly noisy world.

I really don’t have much to add, because the description is spot on. It’s a must read, extremely helpful and worth every penny!

Have you read it yet? What was helpful for you?


…I’m in the depths of despair…

“I can’t. I’m in the depths of despair. Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?”
Anne of Green Gables
Lucy Maud Montgomery


I will forever love Anne of Green Gables. I don’t know how anyone couldn’t. My sister, cousin and I would watch the series on VHS about 50 times each summer growing up. And this quote? I can picture each character’s face as she said it. But really, who can eat in such conditions?

Have you read Anne? What’s your favorite of the series?